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A Few Ways to Make New Friends

4 Ways to Make New Friends

Expand Your Circle

If you want to feel more connected to others, break out of your social comfort zone.

 

Many of us have a lot in common with the people in our inner circle — which makes sense. We’ve taken the same courses in school or worked under the same boss. We’ve bonded over the books we’ve read, the places we’ve been, and our shared interests and values. We’ve found our tribe.

These commonalities are important, and it’s normal to make friends through shared experiences. But it’s also good to burst our social bubbles now and then to meet people with whom we don’t have quite so much in common — on the surface, anyway, says economist and journalist Tim Harford, author of Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives.

Getting to know people whose backgrounds, values, and ways of being in the world are different from our own broadens our perspectives. “Our world gets bigger. We appreciate its variety a little more,” says Harford.

That’s not to say it’s easy. For all its diversity, our culture doesn’t always encourage engaging with people who are different from us — whether racially, politically, generationally, socioeconomically, religiously, or the many other ways in which we define ourselves as “other.”

But the effort is worth it, says Dacher Keltner, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Power Paradox. “Reaching out to people who aren’t in our comfort zones produces a lot of innovation and spurs creativity,” he explains, noting that connecting with people outside our familiar groups can boost professional success, longevity, overall well-being, and happiness.

The first step to diver-sifying our network of friends and acquaintances, says Keltner, is simply to pledge to do so. “Commit to expanding your social circle like you would commit to an exercise regimen, eating less meat, or driving less. Make that kind of commitment,” he says.

The following strategies can help you broaden your circle of friends and acquaintances.

1. Build Psychological Flexibility

San Francisco–based engineer Max Hawkins used an extreme method to broaden his social network: He created a computer program that randomly selected a public event promoted on Facebook and hired a car to deliver him there — and he didn’t learn the destination until he arrived.

His experiment took him to gatherings where he met people he’d never have encountered otherwise, and inspired him to travel the world for two years. “When you’re getting sent to a place at random, it makes it easier to be comfortable with unexpected outcomes,” Hawkins explains. “That brings about a certain psychological flexibility that is really beneficial.”

Fortunately, we don’t need to go to such extravagant ends to become more psychologically flexible. “The key to open-ing yourself up to these experiences is to let go of your own preferences,” Hawkins advises.

To train himself to move beyond his preferences, Hawkins often asks for the least popular item on the menu in restaurants, rather than the one that appeals to him in the moment. The point, he says, is to welcome possibilities, a principle that applies to meeting people as well.

Hawkins suggests venturing into different neighborhoods and going to different types of restaurants, concert venues, or places of worship.

2. Be of Service to Others

Helping others can create valuable connections that shift your understanding of the world, says Jenny Friedman, executive director of Doing Good Together, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that pairs families with volunteer opportunities.

Friedman cites a mother and her two young daughters who volunteered at a nursing home, where the girls developed strong intergenerational relationships. But the real benefit came when the woman’s father-in-law became ill. “He was confined to a wheelchair and bed, and eventually passed away,” Friedman says. “Her girls were the only grandchildren who weren’t afraid to be around him during that time of decline.”

A caveat: “One of the dangers with volunteering is that you can see yourself as the giver and this other group of people as receivers,” Friedman warns.

So she encourages parents to ask kids whom they helped that day — and who helped them. “It helps kids walk through the world thinking about how they can make a positive difference, and be grateful for all the ways they’re being helped.”

3. Let Wonder Guide You

Cultivate a sense of curiosity, advises Emma Seppälä, PhD, science director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track.

“Ask about a person’s life, about their childhood, about their challenges,” Seppälä suggests. Taking a genuine interest can lead to deeper discussions about things that matter to us, increasing the possibility that we’ll discover what we have in common.

“We all experience the same kinds of emotions,” she says. “Finding out about a person’s life can really broaden your ability to see from another perspective.”

Keltner, who’s spent 20 years researching nonverbal behavior, says body language goes a long way toward establishing trust.

“Physical cues are a foundation for connecting to other people,” he says. “If you and I are talking and I really look into your eyes, listen carefully, and position my body in a way that is connecting to you, then it’s clear that I feel like you’re a fellow human being.”

4. Confront Your Biases

Even well-intentioned people make assumptions and judgments about others — often based on stereotypes, and often without realizing they’re doing it.

“Biases are the stories we make up about people before we know who they actually are,” explains Vern¯a Myers, JD, in her 2014 TED Talk. To expand our networks, we need to move beyond denial.

Myers, author of Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing, suggests looking at our own inner circles and asking ourselves, Whom do I gravitate toward? Whom do I tend to avoid? Then we have to do the hard work of overcoming our biases.

“Walk toward your discomfort,” Myers says. Simply saying hello once in a while isn’t enough. Go deeper. Develop real relationships. “You’re not going to get comfortable before you get uncomfortable.”

When you push through discomfort and start to build friendships, “something really powerful and beautiful happens. You start to realize that they are you . . . that they are in your family. And then we cease to become bystanders, and we become actors, we become advocates, and we become allies.”

 

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The Healing Benefits of Spirulina

The Healing Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green algae, which is a freshwater plant. It is one of the most researched plants in the recent times. Renowned for its intense flavor, spirulina is gaining popularity for its powerful nutrition profile and benefits.

Spirulina is often deemed the most nutritionally complete of all foods and has countless uses as a supplement for maintaining good health and preventing diseases. This is because it contains a plentiful supply of many important nutrients and antioxidants, including protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, and vitamins A and K, as well as B complex. It’s also rich in chlorophyll, fatty and nucleic acids, and lipids. Spirulina is rich in gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, a compound found in breast milk that helps develop healthier babies.

Best Source of Beta-Carotene

Spirulina provides a profusion of carotenoids such as best-carotene and yellow xanthophylls. In fact, spirulina is the richest beta-carotene food. The beta-carotene found in spirulina is ten times more concentrated than carrots.

Iron-Rich

Iron is essential for building a strong internal system, yet it is one of the most common mineral deficiencies (zinc is the most common). Spirulina is rich in iron, magnesium and trace minerals and is easier to absorb than iron supplements. Ten grams of spirulina can supply up to 70% of the minimum daily requirements for iron.

Protein Packed

About 60% of spirulina’s dry weight is protein, which in the form it comes in within spirulina, is essential for growth and cell regeneration. It’s a good replacement for fatty meat and dairy products.

 

Builder of Beneficial Flora

Spirulina suppresses bad bacteria like E. coli and stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifidobactria in the digestive tract to promote healthy digestion and proper bowel function.

Healthy flora is one of the foundations of good health. It increases the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the foods we eat and helps protect against infection.

Detoxifier

Spirulina has a completely unique composition of phytonutrients, including chlorophyll, phycocyanin and polysaccharides, that can help to purge toxins from the body. In 1994, a Russian Patent was awarded for spirulina, deeming it a medical food for reducing allergic reactions from radiation sickness. This was a result of 270 children in Chernobyl consuming five grams a day for 45 days. Radionucleides were lowered by 50% and allergic sensitivities were normalized.

Critical For Removing Toxic Heavy Metals

Spirulina is essential for removing heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium, and toxic copper from the liver, reproductive system, intestinal tract, thyroid, and brain. Getting rid of these metals gets rid of some of the most favored food of viruses, which are behind many chronic illnesses and symptoms, including autoimmune diseases.

When consumed within 24 hours of each other, barley grass juice powder, spirulina, cilantro, wild blueberries, and Atlantic dulse provide the most effective method on the planet of removing heavy metals. These foods each have their singular strengths, performing slightly different roles in the detoxification process.

During the removal process, metals can get “dropped” or dispersed back into the organs, at which point another member of the team will swoop in, grab the metal, and continue the journey toward the finish line. I call this “pass the football.” On its own, each individual player isn’t 100 percent effective; as a team, they are your anti–heavy metal secret weapon!

Important For Any Chronic Illness & Symptom

Spirulina is an important supplement for anyone with any chronic illness or symptom, or for anyone who wishes to help prevent illness or symptoms in the future.

  • Helps restore brain tissue and rebuilds the central nervous system
  • Helps stabilize glucose levels in the blood
  • Provides critical micronutrients for the thyroid and to bolster the endocrine system
  • Removes not only heavy metals but also other toxins from the liver, intestinal tract, brain, nervous system and thyroid
  • Helps grow fresh neurons and strengthen neurotransmitters
  • Contains high levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and chromium, which reinforce adrenal strength
  • Helps to remove radioactive iodine from the thyroid over time, bringing what’s left of the gland back to life in a balanced manner
  • Contains iodine that’s very effective at acting as an antiseptic against Epstein-Barr virus (the cause of thyroid problems) cells in the thyroid
  • Can reduce the growth of nodules, tumors, and cysts (both cancerous and benign)
  • Stops viral and bacterial growth inside the liver
  • Strengthens the liver’s immune system, and helps in its over 2,000 chemical functions
  • Aids the liver’s glucose storage and protein conversions

An Athlete’s Best Friend

Spirulina increases stamina levels in athletes and its rich nutrient content and bioavailable protein content helps build muscle mass. It can curb hunger that may develop during demanding training routines, helping to maintain an athlete’s ideal body weight.

Other Potential Benefits

Promotes healthy eyes, great for anti-aging, helps protect against infection, great for digestive health, increases absorption of nutrients from food, eliminates mercury and other deadly toxins commonly inside the body, helps prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases, and more.

Healing Tip

High-quality spirulina is the best protein powder you can use in morning drinks and smoothies. Try having it in the Medical Medium Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie daily for tremendous benefits. It is the easiest to digest and by far the most beneficial out of all the protein powders. It deeply replenishes the body with much needed mineral and micro-nutrients. It’s a whole food vitamin and mineral and protein powder packed into one.

Tasty Tip

Sprinkle over watermelon or add to Thai coconut water.

I would not advise going to the local drug store to buy this product.  I only trust two companies that are making it and approved

USA Grown Spirulina

 

https://shop.mercola.com/product/845/spiru-blue-120-tablets-30-day-supply

 

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Soap Nuts? What are they?

5 Reasons To Use Soap Nuts For Laundry, Cleaning & More

 

5 Reasons To Use Soap Nuts For Laundry, Cleaning & More

 

Most of us are still using traditional laundry soap to make our clothes smell fresh and clean, and while they’re obviously effective, they come at a big price, and not just what you see on the sticker at the store. Conventional laundry soaps often contain toxic chemicals with a wide range of negative effects including everything from skin irritation to carcinogenicity. And, frighteningly, in 2011, researchers from the University of Washington found that dryer vents can emit over 25 volatile organic compounds when scented laundry soap and dryer sheets are used, including seven that are classified as hazardous air pollutants.

The average family does about 8 loads of wash every week, or over 400 loads every year, which means around 17.5 billion cups of laundry detergent are being used each year in the U.S. alone. That’s a lot of chemicals to come in contact with – not only can you come in contact with these toxic chemicals by wearing your clothing that’s been laundered with them, you’re probably breathing them into your lungs when they become airborne while you’re doing your laundry. Some of the worst offenders when it comes to laundry chemicals includes:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
  • 1,4-dioxane
  • NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate)
  • Phosphates

 

These chemicals aren’t just potentially damaging to your health, but they are also harming the health of our environment and contaminating our waterways The Journal of Oleo Science reported that a laundry detergent concentration of only 2 ppm can cause fish to absorb double the amount of chemicals they would ordinarily absorb. The accumulation of these compounds in our waterways and groundwater is having a significant negative effect on our wildlife.

According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, research studies on laundry detergent chemicals like SLS have shown an association with everything from minor to major health issues, like skin and eye irritation, organ toxicity, developmental or reproductive toxicity, possible mutations, cancer, endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, and biochemical or cellular changes.

How To Replace Your Laundry Detergent With Soap Nuts

Thankfully, there are soap nuts. Soap nuts, which may also be referred to as soap berries, are an all natural alternative to potentially harmful laundry detergents, and they have a number of other uses too.

This berry-like fruit grows on the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, native to India and the Himalayas. The berries produce a soap called saponin, which operates as a natural surfactant. The soap nut shell absorbs water and releases the saponins which circulate in the wash water, freeing dirt, grime, and oils from clothing.

Soap nuts can also be used to clean dishes, as a shampoo to wash your hair, or for surface cleaning. They’re 100 percent natural and biodegradable and don’t contain any pesticides, as insects are naturally repulsed by saponin so there is no need to use them in cultivation. They are completely safe for septic systems, gentle for use on sensitive skin, including baby clothes, and are also antimicrobial.

Where To Buy Soap Nuts

Soap nuts are rapidly gaining in popularity as more and more consumers realize what a great natural laundry detergent alternative they are. You may now find soap nuts in your local natural grocery store, but they are also abundant online, particularly Amazon.

Cocoboo offer the best reviewed and most affordable soap nuts from  Amazon. They sell a variety of bag sizes here – the bigger the bag you buy, the cheaper it is.

Soap Nuts On Amazon

How To Use Soap Nuts For Laundry

To use them as a laundry soap, place 5 to 6 soap nuts in a muslin bag – you can buy wash bags designed for soap nuts . Alternatively, many of the soap nuts you buy on Amazoncome with a wash bag.

You can wash in any temperature, although higher temperatures tend to be more effective as the heat aids in releasing the saponins. After washing, remove the bag or sock and allow it to dry. They can be used several times, until the shells become soft and gray, or test them by squeezing when wet. If you can squeeze out a foamy, honey-like liquid they can be used again. It’s best to use new soap nuts for heavy and/or, especially dirty loads.

How Much Cheaper Is It?

On Amazon , Tide PODS Liquid Laundry Detergent Pacs are selling at a price that yields a cost per load of $0.23.

In comparison, purchasing a one pound bag of soap nuts from Cocoboo on Amazon, yields a cost per load of less than $0.08. Buying a two pound bag yields a cost per load of just over $0.06 and buying a four pound bag yields a cost of less than $0.05.

Consider teaming up with a friend, family member or neighbor and buying soap nuts in bulk to enjoy the significant savings, the brilliant environmental benefits and the other brilliant uses for soap nuts we share below.

Soap Nut Dish Soap

Just like laundry detergent and many other cleaning as well as personal care products, dishwashing soap has been found to contain numerous toxic chemicals; in fact, liquid dish soap is said to be the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of 6.

To use soap nuts as an alternative to standard dish soap, all you have to do is boil them in water for about 10 minutes, which creates a thin liquid. The general formula calls for about 12 soap nuts boiled in 2 cups of water. Adding a few drops of distilled lemon essential oil will provide a fresh, pleasant scent, though it’s completely optional. (Make sure the lemon oil is distilled to avoid photosensitivity after contact with your skin). You can use also use the liquid to clean countertops and other surfaces.

Soap Nuts Shampoo

A 2013 study conducted by the Center For Environmental Health, found cancer-causing chemicals in 98 shampoos, soaps and other personal care products sold across the nation by major retailers. One of the most common was cocamide DEA (cocamide diethanolamine), which is a chemically-modified form of coconut oil used as a thickener or foaming agent and listed by the state of California as a known carcinogen in 2012. If you buy conventional shampoo, there’s a good chance it’s there.

Even if you’ve tried natural shampoo alternatives, and didn’t find any that worked for you, soap nuts is well-worth a try as many find it to be ideal. To make it using soap nuts, you’ll need the following:

  • 5 soap nuts
  • A small muslin bag
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

Boil the soap nuts in the small muslin bag by placing it into 2 cups of boiling water. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add one more cup of water, and the 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes, and then remove the liquid from the heat. Squeeze out the bag until it begins to produce a foamy liquid; rinse with cool water and squeeze it into the pan again. To use, massage a small amount into your hair and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Rinse well. The shampoo can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it again.

You can use this shampoo for a liquid body wash or face wash too. Just add a little to your washcloth and wash as usual.

 

Soap Nuts Bug Repellent

You probably know how nasty it feels, and smells, to put DEET sprays on your body to repel mosquitoes and other insects. And this chemical that was developed during the Second World War, used by the U.S. Army in jungle warfare, not only feels and smells that way, but it truly is. Studies have found that it can result in all sorts of negative health effects, like rashes, skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating. From 1961 to 2002, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reported eight deaths related to DEET exposure. While three of the fatalities resulted from deliberate ingestion, five occurred following DEET exposure to the skin in both adults and children. It’s not good for your pets either, who can lick it off and ingest it, and, on top of that, it’s becoming a lot less effective too. A landmark study recently demonstrated that while the insects are initially repelled by it, they ignore it if they’re exposed to it again.

Instead of using DEET, use soap nuts! It’s not only safe for you but for infants, children and even pets as it’s entirely natural. Soap nuts contain saponin, and the smell naturally repels insects, including mosquitoes.

Follow the same formula as you would for dish soap, boiling 12 soap nuts in 2 cups of water – instead of adding lemon essential oil, add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil for extra bug-fighting power.

Ready To Try Soap Nuts?

You can purchase soap nuts from many local grocery stores as the popularity of these powerful little berries increases.

Alternatively, Amazon have a number of suppliers selling soap nuts. This brand of Cocoboo soap nuts is the best reviewed and at the most affordable price and they also have a number of different sizes available.

 

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